1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. GreggB

    GreggB New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2005
    Messages:
    8
    Had my Castine running around 800F/850F for about an hour with the damper shut all the way. Only thing I did different is I used wood that was left over in the basement from last winter, wood was dry but not punky. I suppose I'll save that stuff for campfires only have about an 1/8 of cord of the stuff. Any potential stove damage, anything in particular to look at?
    Chimney is new class A. Was disconcerting for a bit and hot.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    28,032
    Loc:
    Northern Virginia
    Rest. That stove can take 850 in stride.
  3. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2005
    Messages:
    1,483
    Loc:
    Virginia
    jesus, how do you get those temps? I can't get much over 500 with my F3CB and thats using kiln dried wood with both air inlets wide open. Burns through the wood real fast.
  4. babalu87

    babalu87 New Member

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2005
    Messages:
    1,440
    Loc:
    middleborough, ma.
    There is your hint ;)

    BTW
    He also lost in Denver tonight :(
  5. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2005
    Messages:
    1,483
    Loc:
    Virginia
    babulu, I don't get it.
  6. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    853
    Loc:
    New Jersey
    Gibbs , race car, too much draft?
  7. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    47,048
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Our stove would easily run away with dry wood if we didn't have a butterfly damper in the stack due to strong draft. Especially when we burn fir. Is it possible to install one in the stove pipe?
  8. carpniels

    carpniels Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 6, 2005
    Messages:
    536
    Loc:
    Rome, NY, USA
    Hi Gregg,

    I had my Castine up to 875 a few weeks ago. How? I do not know. I loaded it up and walked away. I smelled it in the other part of the house. Got back and it was 875. No damage and was never able to reproduce that burn.

    600 - 700 is doable. Takes a while with good wood and frequent relaoding on hot coals.

    Carpniels
  9. Rhone

    Rhone Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 21, 2005
    Messages:
    824
    Here's some tips of what I've found helps.

    Dry wood

    The positioning of the wood. If you want hotter fires, load your wood front/back as the air wash and air flow will have the wood get really hot and burn fast. If you want to extend the burn (as for overnight) but less heat per hour put it in side/side. Unlike front/back that lets air and flames travel through all the wood unhindered loading side/side blocks the air coming off your air wash from spreading the fire all through the wood slowing down its burn.

    Learn how to pack your wood. Make it loose piles of wood so flames can go all the way up from the bottom and reach the secondary burn up top unhindered. I pack mine in two piles with a 3/4" space between (and I have to load it side/side). If you pack it so tight or block flames reaching the secondary burn you're missing out on the secondary burn high temps.

    The more wood, the more heat. Pack it to the gills with small pieces of wood with good spaces. You'll get it hot.

    Sometimes, everything goes right. I know exactly what carpniels is talking about and sometimes you just can't repeat the burn. I loaded my unit once, walked away, and it got so hot and heated my house so much the shrink plastic I put over my windows shrunk within 3 rooms of the insert, and I had to open windows as the damn thing was almost glowing red and the strangest part was it wasn't like the fire looked any different than any other fire I've had. Lasted a long time too. I haven't been able to repeat that burn either, if I could I'd probably be able to heat my house with only a cord or two of wood.
  10. GreggB

    GreggB New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2005
    Messages:
    8
    Thanks for the replies. I don't think I can put a damper in, as I have double wall stovepipe straight up into a class a chimney(all excel products). Stove has been fine since, I guess it was dry wood and a bit of wind and whatever else. I have been burning the really dry stuff mixed with my regular one year old wood without a problem. FYI Stove heats up to 550-650 within a half hour of loading then I run it half damped for 15 min. then down to either 20% or so damped or all the way closed for the night that gives 45o-550. Usually all the way closed will have secondary burn going for at least an hour(then I'm off to bed so I don't know how long it lasts).
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page